Tori Spelling Calls out the Academy for Excluding Luke Perry From Oscars ‘in Memorium’

Tori Spelling is upset with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for excluding Luke Perry, her Beverly Hills, 90210 costar from the “In Memorium” during the 92nd Oscars broadcast on Feb. 9. Ahead, find out what Spelling said when she slammed the Academy and their reasoning for omitting Perry from the broadcast. 

At the Oscars, five-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish sang a rendition of “Yesterday” by The Beatles accompanied by a piano. During the “In Memorium,” actors and others in the industry who had passed away were featured in a slideshow. Many were quick to point out Perry’s absence including Spelling. 

Tori Spelling slammed the Academy on Twitter

On. Feb. 10 following the Oscars broadcast, Spelling took to Twitter to call out the Academy for not including her late Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Perry. She also slammed the Academy for not honoring her later father, film and TV producer Aaron Spelling, in their 2007 broadcast. 

Tori Spelling attends the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 20, 2019
Tori Spelling attends the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 20, 2019 | JB Lacroix/WireImage

“Now two of the most creative and talented men I have ever known, loved, and lost have not been mentioned in the #oscars memoriam,” Spelling wrote in her tweet. “First, my Dad Aaron Spelling who passed in 2006 and now my friend Luke Perry who passed in 2019. 😢”

Perry died in March 2019 of a stroke at the age of 52 ahead of the Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot BH90210, following a stroke. At the time of his death, Perry starred on The CW’s Riverdale. Spelling’s father, according to People, died in June 2006 as a result of complications following a stroke. He was 83. 

Spelling wasn’t the only celebrity to comment on Perry’s absence from the “In Memorium” during the Oscars. Her husband, Dean McDermott, took to Instagram on Feb. 11, 2020, to discuss not only the ommission of Perry but other figures as well. 

“Also missing from the in Memoriam is Sid Haig, Tim Conway, Michael J Pollard, Jan Michael Vincent and Cameron Boyce. Not to mention the 2007 snub of the great Aaron Spelling,” he  captioned the post before adding, “Got an explanation for us @theacademyawards.oscars @theoscars2020.”

Academy explains Perry being excluded from ‘In Memorium’

The Academy listened to the outcries about omitting Perry and issued a response saying the committee responsible for the “In Memorium” receives a high volume of submissions to be included and with the broadcast’s time constraints it’s impossible to include everyone.

“The Academy receives hundreds of requests to include loved ones and industry colleagues in the Oscars In Memoriam segment,” they said in a statement via Deadline in the days following the Academy Awards. “An executive committee representing every branch considers the list and makes selections for the telecast based on limited available time.”  

In the same statement, the Academy said every submission is listed on their website. “All of the submissions are included on and will remain on the site throughout the year.”